Europe leads Solheim Cup 8-5 after day two

Europe holds the advantage after two days at St. Leon Rot Golf Club

Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen
Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen
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When bad light stopped play Europe held the advantage at St. Leon Rot Golf Club, but three of the four fourball matches hang in the balance.

Europe had the advantage when bad light called a halt to play on the second day of the 14th Solheim Cup at St. Leon Rot Golf Club in Germany. They lead by 8 points to 5.

Europe took control of the competition in the Saturday morning foursomes, winning three of the four points available. Mel Reid and Carlota Ciganda got the European side off to a great start with a 4&3 victory over Alison Lee and Michelle Wie. Charley Hull and Suzann Pettersen then completed a remarkable comeback to beat Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel by one hole. At one stage the European pair had been four down, but they battled back to claim a one-up victory.

Sandra Gal and Catriona Matthew secured another point for Europe in the third match but Stacey Lewis and Gerina Piller proved too strong for Anna Nordqvist and Caroline Hedwall in the bottom match.

In the opening match of the afternoon fourballs Lexi Thompson and Christie Kerr put a point on the board for team USA to reduce their deficit to just three points. The remaining three matches could go either way with Europe one-up in match two and the USA just one-up in matches three and four.

When play resumes tomorrow morning the score could potentially be 8-8 going into the singles, or it could be 11-5. It's set to be a thrilling day of golf.

Fergus Bisset
Contributing Editor

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